Category Archives: Coerced Sex
South Carolina’s Attorney General Tries to Raise His Profile by Going After Craigslist and Persecuting Prostituted Women
Local newspaper account here, which reports: S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster told The State newspaper that to his knowledge, South Carolina is the first state to explore the possibility of criminal charges against CEO Jim Buckmaster and other top officers … Continue reading
From NPR. Those debating were: FOR THE MOTION Melissa Farley is a clinical and research psychologist with San Francisco-based nonprofit Prostitution Research & Education and an associate scholar with the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She wrote Prostitution and Trafficking … Continue reading
CBC News Sunday interview with Victor Malarek about his book “The Johns, Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It”
The bill, introduced by S.C. Sen. Lee Bright will allow the state to take any property, real and personal, used to facilitate prostitution from prostitutes, which could easily be everything they own. Here’s the text: S. 436 STATUS INFORMATION General … Continue reading
Over at Adbusters, Douglas Haddow talks about masculinity and porn. Via.
Did you see this article in the New York Times this morning, about the 300 women protesting a new law that would give men in the Shiite minority community virtually complete control over the lives of their wives? The NYT … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox: CONTACT: Media Education Foundation Dr. Chyng Sun (617)733-8091 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org The way filmmakers Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker see it, the cure for bad speech is more speech. That’s exactly why they’ve come up with … Continue reading
The BBC covers it here. This is a major human rights violation. -Bridget Crawford
That’s the title of this (U.K.)Times Online article. Two excerpts follow: … Fifty years ago, in The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir described womanhood as a socially constructed activity; today, after several waves of feminism, and a recognised right to … Continue reading
People in red states are significantly more likely to subscribe to internet pornography. At least this seems to be the upshot of a recent study by Harvard economist Benjamin Edelman (here) [and blogged by Professor Ann Bartow here]. According … Continue reading
Abstract: Despite concerted efforts to combat human trafficking, the trade in persons persists and, in fact, continues to grow. This article suggests that a central reason for the limited success in preventing human trafficking is the dominant conception of the … Continue reading
“In fiscal 2008, the department received a total of 2,908 reports of sexual assault involving service members, representing an eight percent increase from fiscal 2007.”
Quote pulled from this DOD press release, which provides an overview of this DOD report. Excerpt from Executive Summary below: – Aggregate Report of Sexual Assault Incidents: In FY08 there were 2,908 reports of sexual assault involving Military Service members: … Continue reading
From Time magazine: She goes by Hinda, but that’s not her real name. That’s what she’s called by the many Iraqi sex traffickers and pimps who contact her several times a week from across the country. They think she is … Continue reading
So reports Advertising Age in an article with the subtitle “Huge Profit Potential in Down Economy Prompts Promotional Efforts.” It suggests that “professional” pornography will soon become cheaper and easier to access, and even more ubiquitous generally. –Ann Bartow
Doug Berman at the Sentencing Law and Policy blog has two posts about cases in which defendants in child pornography cases received lesser sentences because they were paralyzed, here and here. Dan Filler has some related comments here at The … Continue reading
SHATTERED LIVES Immediate medical care vital for sexual violence victims MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res is an international humanitarian organisation that brings emergency medical care to populations in over 60 countries. Through this report, MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res (MSF) shares its experience in … Continue reading
FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING October 29-31, 2009 University of Nebraska – Lincoln
FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: “WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW” The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from many disciplines, as well as government and non-governmental agencies who have responsibility for … Continue reading
A new study entitled “Red Light States: Who Buys Online Adult Entertainment?” by Harvard Business School Prof Benjamin Edelman, focuses on the consumption side of adult online entertainment, and in particular on subscriber demographics and consumption patterns of those who … Continue reading
“US authorities have rescued nearly 50 child prostitutes – some as young as 13 – in a nationwide operation against the trafficking of children for sex.”
The BBC News reports: More than 570 suspects were arrested during the action, which took place over three nights. FBI agents and local police forces were involved in the operations which spanned some 29 cities. Officials say a 16-year-old girl … Continue reading
I Don’t Give a Damn Bout My Bad Reputation: Julia Simon-Kerr’s “Unchaste and Incredible” and the Development of the Character Evidence Rules
In the American court system, when judges allow attorneys to attack the character of witnesses, they generally allow them to do so only through reputation and opinion testimony. Federal Rule of Evidence 405(a) provides that: In all cases in which … Continue reading
About 79 percent of human trafficking involves sex slavery while 18 percent covers forced or bonded labor, forced marriages and organ removal.
So says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in a new report that is available here. A press release providing an overview of the report can be found here.
Can’t find a picture of the cover, or any place it is for sale online, but an interview of a sex worker by one of the authors is available here, at Women’s eNews.
I blogged recently about the concerns I had when I read the statements Hilary Clinton made in her Senate confirmation testimony related to the issue of sex trafficking. I heard little sign in her testimony of a desire to … Continue reading
Law prof Suzanne Goldberg has a short article here explaining: A case recently filed in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), M. v the United Kingdom, shows just how vigorous and heinous the slave trade continues to be. But … Continue reading
Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, Vol. 15, No. 1, 2008 Abstract: In the law review literature on pornography, there is sometimes the depressing story that either liberalism is limply unhelpful to combat pornography or, in its role as philosophical … Continue reading
Heart has the story here.
What Kind of Rule?: Rape Shield Ruling by the Court of Appeals of Minnesota Raises Question, What Kind of Rule is the Rape Shield Rule?
The recent opinion of the Court of Appeals of Minnesota in State v. Bauer, 2009 WL 112842 (Minn.App. 2009), raises an essential question: What kind of rule is the Rape Shield Rule? And I think that Minnesota courts … Continue reading
In her confirmation hearing last week Hilary Clinton was asked by Barbara Boxer to talk about how she plans to use the office of the Secretary of State to better the”status of women in the world.”She was particularly interested in … Continue reading
Guatamalan girl testifies in federal court about being duped into coming to the U.S., forced to sell herself and kept captive.
It would be nice if human rights violations like this got more media attention. From the LA Times: When Sandra agreed to make the perilous trek from her native Guatemala to the United States in 2006, she said, she was … Continue reading
Cinema Incubo: Tenth Circuit Finds In Dicta That Rape Shield Rule Applies At The Summary Judgment Stage In Former Projectionist’s Appeal
I remember going to Carmike Cinemas while attending college in Charlottesville and law school in Williamsburg. And the memories are not fond. Dimmed movie projector light bulbs. Sticky floors. Terrible sound. Cramped seating. Now, according … Continue reading
South Korea accused of using women as prostitutes to prop up the country’s ecomony and keep U.S. soldiers “entertained.”
The NYT reports: … Scholars on the issue say that the South Korean government was motivated in part by fears that the American military would leave, and that it wanted to do whatever it could to prevent that. But the … Continue reading
From the publisher’s website: Every year, millions of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, made to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. Generating huge profits for their exploiters, sex slaves … Continue reading
There Are Holocaust Deniers, There Are People Who Argue That Slavery Was Good For African-Americans And Many, Many Rape Victims Are Disbelieved.
So its no surprise that one response to Nicholas Kristof’s recent column in the NYT on sex trafficking was what he describes here in a follow up column as “skepticism.” He further responds to his critics here at his blog. … Continue reading
That’s the title of this post at Sociological Images. It asserts that readers: … ought be critical consumers of stories about sex trafficking, the moving of girls and women across national borders in order to force them into prostitution. … Continue reading
From the BBC News: A new law has come into force in Norway making the purchase of sex illegal. Norwegian citizens caught paying for prostitutes at home or abroad could face a hefty fine or a six-month prison sentence, authorities … Continue reading
“Shocks fit well into the brothel business model because they cause agonizing pain and terrify the girls without damaging their looks or undermining their market value.”
That’s a quote from this Nicholas Kristof column in the NYT. The protagonist of the column was finally freed from the brothel in which she had been imprisoned by a police raid. There are many pimps who, under the guise … Continue reading
“The National Crime Victimization Survey, based on projections from a national sample survey, says that at least 248,300 individuals were raped or sexually assaulted in 2007, up from 190,600 in 2005, the last year the survey was conducted.”
That’s a quote from Human Right’s Watch. The underlying DoJ survey is accessible here. The data shows that domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault increased more than any other violent crimes. With the exception of simple assault, which increased … Continue reading
That is the title of this essay by Racialicious blogger LaToya Peterson describing personal experiences with coerced sex. Some of the appended comments are a bit hard to take, but most seem validating and supportive. The essay forced me to … Continue reading
The source is the Daily Mail, a newspaper of somewhat dubious reliability, and I can’t find similar accounts anywhere else, but fwiw (ETA: Guardian article here): Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years … Continue reading
Ex-law clerk sentenced in prostitution case By Dan Herbeck NEWS STAFF REPORTER A former State Supreme Court official who used his motor home to transport an illegal alien prostitute from Hamburg to Kentucky was sentenced Tuesday by a federal judge … Continue reading
Ad copied from here. I’m not posing the question in the post title seriously, in case that needs saying. I’m just kind of surprised that some of the bloggers who (correctly) take issue with the above clothing ad haven’t challenged … Continue reading
To follow up on the post here, a reader sent a link to this 1998 interview published at Nerve.com which of course includes the bondage photos. Below is an excerpt: Are you flattered by any and all of the … Continue reading
“A Crime Against Society” is the title of an article written by Ann Jones that appeared inthe 12/10/08 issue of The Nation. Below are the first two paragraphs: Late one afternoon seven years ago, in the village of Kamanyola in … Continue reading
In recent months I’ve read a number of posts at various feminist blogs discussing race and class issues with respect to wet nurses, nannies, maids, and natal surrogates. There seems to be a rough consensus that exploiting the bodies … Continue reading
William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 Passes House and Senate, But Offers Less Protection To Victims Compared with the 2007 House Version.
And the impetus for watering down the bill was of course Joe Biden, in collusion with Sam Brownback. The text of the 2008 version of the bill can be found here. The major changes in the 2008 version were in … Continue reading
That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading
Gender and Asylum: Reforming U.S. Law; and Recognizing the Difficulty of Internal Relocation for Women
On the topic of the intersection of gender and refugee law, two recent (admittedly unrelated) reports caught my eye. The first: Human Rights First released “How to Repair the U.S. Asylum System: Blueprint for the Next Administration.” Among the several … Continue reading